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Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
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Betsy-Tacy and Tib (original 1941; edition 2000)

by Maud Hart Lovelace (Author), Lois Lenski (Illustrator)

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Betsy and Tacy are best friends. Then Tib moves into the neighborhood and the three of them start to play together. The grown-ups think they will quarrel, but they don't. Sometimes they quarrel with Betsy's and Tacy's bossy big sisters, but they never quarrel among themselves. They are not as good as they might be. They cook up awful messes in the kitchen, throw mud on each other and pretend to be beggars, and cut off each other's hair. But Betsy, Tacy, and Tib always manage to have a good time.… (more)
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Title:Betsy-Tacy and Tib
Authors:Maud Hart Lovelace (Author)
Other authors:Lois Lenski (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2000), Edition: Reissue, 160 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Juvenile, fiction, chapter, Classics, Friendship

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Well, I got so turned off by the books on my kindle that I decided to read another Betsy-Tacy book. This is the second one. The three friends are now 8-years old at the beginning of the book. That's three friends because, at the very end of the first book in the series, Tib Muller was added to the twosome of Betsy Ray and Tacey Kelly.

So, basically, we have three little girls who are best friends and who have lively imaginations. They have fun times together. That is fun times as would be likely for little girls some 120 years ago. So, they have picnics, form clubs, practice being dirty beggars, cut each other's hair, make ungodly messes, and so forth. They also get stuck with learning some things about housekeeping and, while trying to be good for a change, they learn how not to be good.

They liked to talk about God because one was a Baptist (Betsy), one a Catholic (Tacy) and one an Episcopalian (Tib). Back in the old days, children were reasonably ecumenical, it seems. Interesting because there was a fair bit of ecumenicism in my town 20 or 30 years ago, but in recent times the Baptists and Catholics most decidedly don't want to have anything to do with the Congregationalists and Methodists, and the Episcopalians and Unitarians have pretty much drifted off into their own, vague worlds. In some ways, we're regressing as a society.

Anyway, they thought that they might become "good" if they added a pebble to a bag around their necks every time they did something naughty. But then, it became rather fun adding the pebbles, so they got increasingly naughty, and got their younger siblings, Margaret (Betsy's little sister) and Hobbie (Tacy's little brother) involved. Naturally, they got into trouble in the end and had to search for other ways to become "good".

Well there's more, but it was a fun book, especially given the dreck I'd picked up previously that I wasn't able to finish.
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  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are eight-year-old Minnesota girls who are best friends. Betsy is the one with the ideas, and Tacy and Tib usually go along with whatever she suggests. They try to learn to fly and form a secret club. It’s all innocent fun, and the stories of their escapades will make many readers nostalgic for the carefree days of their own childhood. ( )
  cbl_tn | Feb 10, 2019 |
David rating - 4.5/5
Sophia rating - 5/5
Mommy rating - 4/5 ( )
  NeedMoreShelves | Nov 7, 2018 |
Here in the second book of the Betsy-Tacy series we are introduced to their new friend, Tib, and learn about what it might have been like to be a young girl in the late 1890s. When Tacy catches Diptheria, she can't play for months, and her whole household is quarantined. So her friends send her messages using a fishing pole over the fence. Sweet and enjoyable, fine for elementary school children. Adults may enjoy it too, as the author does not "talk down" to her audience. Recommended, but read the previous book first if you can. ( )
  fuzzi | Dec 7, 2017 |
I love this book such a cute book read it! ( )
  azpandas | Aug 4, 2017 |
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Lenski, LoisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goode, DianeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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